The federal authorities and staff within the well being sector yesterday failed to succeed in a consensus on the plan for an upward assessment of the N5,000 month-to-month hazard allowance for docs and different well being staff
At a gathering of the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Hazard Allowance for the well being sector that held yesterday in Abuja, each authorities representatives and unions within the well being sector, nonetheless, agreed that the N5,000 hazard allowance was out of date and ought to be reviewed upwards.
However the assembly couldn’t attain any consensus on the share enhance within the hazard allowance for docs and different well being staff.
THISDAY gathered from a supply on the closed-door assembly that the varied skilled our bodies and unions within the well being sector proposed completely different percentages.
Though the federal authorities didn’t point out any particular determine, the assembly agreed to arrange a committee to harmonise the varied proposals made by the unions.
The supply stated the committee, comprising representatives of presidency and the well being staff would report again to the assembly to be reconvened in three weeks’ time.
“Totally different percentages had been submitted by completely different well being staff’ union and associations and this could be reviewed in three weeks’ time,” the supply stated.
He added that the docs had been proposing a 50 per cent enhance within the hazard allowance.
Talking on the opening of the assembly, which lasted for over six hours, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, defined that the assembly was convened in furtherance of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in April 2020 between the federal authorities and the well being staff within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated following the grievance acquired from the well being staff, the Financial Sustainability Committee (ESC), headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, initiated a transfer to assessment the hazard allowance at present pegged at N5,000 per thirty days.
In accordance with Ngige, a stakeholders’ assembly was convened shortly after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, throughout which an MoU was signed on tips on how to deal with points regarding the welfare and compensation for docs and different well being staff within the frontline of efforts to arrest the unfold of the virus.
He stated there was delay within the implementation of the MoU as a result of disruptions brought on by the pandemic.
Ngige advised the gathering that the problem of presidency reneging on the MoU didn’t come up because the federal authorities had demonstrated its willingness to fortify the well being sector and to offer satisfactory welfare bundle for staff.
He stated that as a mark of presidency’s need to make sure that the welfare and curiosity of the docs and different frontline well being staff had been protected, it accepted a particular COVID-19 hazard allowance totalling N32 billion, which was disbursed for 3 months, from April to June, final yr.
On his half, the Minister of Well being, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, urged the docs and different well being staff to indicate persistence and understanding of the challenges of the dwindling earnings accruing to the federal government.
In accordance with him, medical professionals ought to see the important nature of their job to humanity and keep away from strikes, which might finally put individuals’s lives in peril.
Other than the assessment of the hazard allowance, the assembly acquired submissions on the calls for for the extension of retirement age for docs and different professionals within the well being sector.